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ERIC Number: EJ1092815
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0826-435X
Building Teachers' Assessment Capacity for Supporting English Language Learners through the Implementation of the Step Language Assessment in Ontario K-12 Schools
Van Viegen Stille, Saskia; Jang, Eunice; Wagner, Maryam
TESL Canada Journal, v32 n9 p1-23 2015
The Ontario Ministry of Education recently implemented the Steps to English Proficiency (STEP) language assessment framework to build educator capacity for addressing the needs of English language learners (ELLs) in K-12 schools. The STEP framework is a set of descriptors-based language proficiency scales that specify observable linguistic behaviours from which educators can make inferences about students' English language development. Teachers use these proficiency scales to assess, document, and track students' language proficiency development based on daily interactions with students in classrooms. The purpose of this article is to report on teachers' perceptions of and experiences with the STEP proficiency scales during a three-year pilot implementation and validation study of the initiative. Based on analysis of these findings, we articulate implications for building teachers' assessment capacity using observational language assessment scales for K-12 ELLs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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